Oxford Global Week

Parliament Week ended on the highest note possible as, from Friday to Sunday 16th to 18th November, 12 students from year 11 and 12 attended a residential Model UN debate conference trip at Oxford University.

Following the successful establishment of the Model UN Society here at Eastbury Community School and following the Coventry University Award for our practice with Model UN, we are extremely proud that we were able to take our students to this renowned global conference at Oxford University. Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. Model UN is a global classrooms programme and has our allowed students to keep up to date with current affairs and they have developed into confident, committed and articulate global citizens. The society further helps develop transferable skills such as leadership, public speaking, organization, research and academic literacy. Students have been able to use these skills to master the art of compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation.

Oxford Global 2018 was a great opportunity for our students and more than 400 students from schools from around the world attended and debated worldly issues. The conference included key topics such as Colombian Narcoterrorism, Child Trafficking in East Africa, Preventing Sexual Violence, Governance of the Internet and the future crisis: US Senate 2025. Students were immersed in intense debate, whereby they were challenged by other delegates, analysed research and statistics, completed position paper essays, worked towards a resolution, passed points of motions on the floor and eventually committees were able to pass successful resolutions. Debate committees saw a various turn of events during moderated and unmoderated caucuses, including aliens taking over the world and Pablo Escobar becoming president. This did not last too long, as Escobar soon enough had been assassinated during conference!

Students also had a great opportunity to have lunch at Wadham College and were taken on and around a tour of the Oxford Colleges and nearby areas. Although the committee sessions during the conference were intense and high paced, students got fully involved and were able to relax in the evenings in Oxford, with dinners at Zizzi’s and the amazing hotel restaurant. One of the nights included a memorable Oxford social event – a disco with a DJ!

A massive thank you to Mr M. Owen (Year 11 YCC), Miss E. Paul (Designated Teacher for LAC) and Mr J. Goy (Deputy Headteacher) who joined me on this residential weekend trip to support our students and to be there for our students’ achievements. It was such a highlight for all our students and staff and was such an enjoyable weekend. The students involved were:

Nicola Cheema

Year 11 Head Prefect

Nathaneal Hondi

Year 11 Head Prefect

Charlene Wanjohi

Year 11 Deputy Head Prefect

Ivana Jako

Year 11 Deputy Head Prefect

Byron Arthur

Year 11 Senior Prefect

Norah Marie Rose

Year 11 Senior Prefect

Guefrid-Mesach N’Kaya

Year 11 Senior Prefect

Abdul Khan

Year 11 Senior Prefect

Oluwapelumi Abiola

Year 11 Senior Prefect

Alicia Adu-Mensah

Year 12 Politics student

Mariana Bongou

Year 12 Politics

Aaliyah Forbes

Year 12 Politics student

Thank you to all students and staff that helped make Parliament Week and the Oxford Global Residential Conference such a success!

Miss T. Mizan – Head of Politics and RE